chocolate-mint sandwich cookies

February 28, 2013

in Cookies

I know I’ve shared my love of chocolate mint desserts with you previously. For whatever reason, it’s my go-to flavor combination, and one I never tire of. Childhood nostalgia, perhaps? During family trips to the ice cream store, chocolate mint ice cream always found its way onto my sugar cone, and sometimes you simply don’t grow out of habits.

Chocolate-Mint Sandwich Cookies | Tutti Dolci

These chocolate-mint sandwich cookies take care of my chocolate-mint fix in the best way: the chocolate stars are tender and rich with cocoa while the creamy mint filling is just right. With St. Patrick’s day on the horizon, these cookies would make a festive dessert, especially if you use a clover cookie cutter.

Chocolate-Mint Sandwich Cookies | Tutti Dolci

Chocolate-Mint Sandwich Cookies
Brownie Roll-Out Cookies
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
1 1/2 cups flour, plus more for dusting
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mint Filling
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup Mascarpone, at room temperature
1/8 tsp peppermint extract
pinch of salt
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 Tbsp low-fat milk

For the cookies, whisk together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Beat butter in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until creamy; add sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low; gradually add flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. Wrap dough with plastic and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper. Divide the dough into 2 sections; working with one section at a time, roll dough out to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured board. Use a 2-inch star cutter to cut into stars. Repeat with remaining dough, re-rolling scraps as needed, until you have 48 stars (brush off excess flour, though it disappears once baked). Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, until cookies are slightly puffed and edges are firm. Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the filling, beat butter and Mascarpone in a large mixer bowl on medium speed for 1 minute. Add peppermint extract and salt; beat another 30 seconds. Reduce speed to low and gradually add powdered sugar until incorporated. Add milk and beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds, until filling is creamy and smooth (if filling appears too soft, chill in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes).

Spoon filling into a small plastic bag and cut a narrow opening from one corner. Pipe filling onto center and each star point of half the cookies, then sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing gently. Chill filled cookies in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. Store leftover sandwich cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

Yield – 24 cookie sandwiches (serving size: 1)
Calories – 134
Carbs – 18

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1 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 28, 2013

These are too cute! Love the way you garnished them with the mint leaves too! And keep bringing the chocolate mini desserts :)


2 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 28, 2013

There is never too much chocolate if you ask me :) These star cookies are too adorable!! Love mint and chocolate combo!


3 Flavia February 28, 2013

I love how you use Mascarpone for the mint filling, Laura. It has such a creamy texture. These cookies are adorable in star shape–you did such a lovely job styling them!


4 Cassie | Bake Your Day February 28, 2013

These are so fun and festive, Laura! I love chocolate and mint together. So pretty!


5 Valerie February 28, 2013

I’ve had me eye this smitten kitchen recipe- so glad someone I know made it! :D These star-shaped versions are lovely!


6 Gina February 28, 2013

I adore the stars, but I think as clovers they would be perfect for St. Patty’s Day!


7 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 28, 2013

Ahh the irresistible mint chocolate combination! These look delicious and I love your star shapes Laura :)


8 Julia February 28, 2013

Those are very good looking cookies! Mascarpone-based filling with mint sounds delicious!.


9 Deb February 28, 2013

When I was a teenager my favorite ice cream was Chocolate Mint! The combination of flavors is always enticing! What a delicious idea for St. Patrick’s Day!


10 Liz February 28, 2013

Oh, yeah…all 3 of my kids love the chocolate mint flavor combo! Your cookies are picture perfect!!!!


11 Claire @ Claire K Creations February 28, 2013

We have something in common… I was and still am a mint-chip ice-cream girl. Oh how I love it! These look just delicious!


12 Anne@FromMySweetHeart February 28, 2013

These cookies are so pretty Laura! I have a quirky thing…I love chocolate and mint together in just about everything …but I don’t like Thin Mints girl scout cookies. ??? I know! But these brownie sandwich cookies look fabulous….and you are right…a perfect recipe for St. Patrick’s Day!


13 Kate@Diethood February 28, 2013

I need to satisfy my chocolate/mint fix, too!! These would not last very long if they were near me!


14 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) February 28, 2013

I am with you Laura, chocolate and mint is a killer combo! These cookies look really great :)


15 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} February 28, 2013

What a perfect combination of flavors! I bet they did not last long. Love the star shape – simply perfect! :-)


16 Cookin' Canuck February 28, 2013

Oh yes, chocolate and mint gets me every time. Chocolate mint ice cream is always my favorite at the ice cream store, too.


17 Tiffany ( February 28, 2013

They look so cute! I’ve been wanting to try making something like this. Love mint and chocolate.


18 marissa @ the boot February 28, 2013

these are so pretty and sweet laura! i lvoe mint and chocolate too, i have the best childhood memories of those andes chocolates at my grandmother’s house! :) have a great weekend!


19 Erin @ Texanerin Baking March 1, 2013

I love chocolate and mint together! What’s weird is that everyone I know… doesn’t. I don’t understand why. But wait! The weird thing is that these same people love After Eights but otherwise, chocolate and mint is out of the question for them. Bizarre.

And I think these are terribly festive even without a clover cookie butter! :) And love that you used mascarpone!


20 marla March 1, 2013

Such pretty cookies!


21 Carol | a cup of mascarpone March 1, 2013

Laura, these beautiful cookies sparkle!!! :) Love the mascarpone mint filling!!! Happy Friday!


22 Mercedes March 1, 2013

Your cookies are absolutely perfect Laura and I could never get sick of chocolate and mint together!


23 Liren March 1, 2013

Some of my two favorite things in one beautiful cookie, Laura! Just beautiful (you make it look so easy!).


24 a farmer in the dell March 1, 2013

These are just about the cutes things I have ever seen. And you can never have too much chocolate!


25 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings March 1, 2013

Chocolate mint? Count me in! It’s a childhood fave also! It all started with mint chocolate chip ice cream…and now, anything that has both becomes a fast favourite. Who doesn’t want nostalgia, right?


26 Suzanne March 1, 2013

These little stars are cute Laura and I adore chocolate mint too.


27 Sue/the view from great island March 2, 2013

I love all the little stars lined up with the mint leaves!


28 Lizzy (Good Things) March 2, 2013

How delicious!


29 suzanne Perazzini March 2, 2013

I love the green – St Patricks Day is my birthday. These cookies are so pretty.


30 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts March 3, 2013

Love chocolate and mint together, and I love your star shaped cookies! Festive, and I am sure they are amazing!


31 Wendy March 3, 2013

You can practically smell the mint just looking at the pictures. :) So pretty. I love the variety of textures in this cookie too. The filling sounds delicious.


32 kristy @ the wicked noodle March 3, 2013

I love the chocolate-mint combo, too, and your version is so pretty!! I love the fresh mint layered between the cookies in your gorgeous photos, too.


33 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) March 3, 2013

These cookies look perfect and have the flavors I’ve never outgrown either. :)


34 Lora @cakeduchess March 3, 2013

My daughter would be thrilled if I made her these…she’s a choco-mint fan:))So, so pretty, Laura.


35 Kiran @ March 3, 2013

LOVE LOVE LOVE that the filling is made with mascarpone! This cookies are way to pretty to cake :D


36 Simone March 3, 2013

Those look so cute! And delicious too and could so easily also be converted to Christmas cookies… :)


37 Rosa March 3, 2013

Pretty cookies! I really love that mascarpone filling.




38 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 3, 2013

My kids looooooove chocolate mint (I wasn’t really into it until they changed my preference). These star-shape cookies are SUPER cute. I know these taste amazing too!


39 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 4, 2013

So pretty and festive, Laura! Mint + choc is a winner. Happy early St Paddy’s Day!


40 Gourmantine March 4, 2013

Chocolate and mint so reminds me of “after eight” sweets, but these cookies look much prettier!


41 Jen @ Savory Simple March 4, 2013

You can’t go wrong with chocolate and mint!


42 claire @ the realistic nutritionist March 4, 2013

How cute are these??!!


43 Hannah March 4, 2013

So pretty, Laura! My family is crazy about mint chip ice cream and cookies and I can’t wait to bake a batch. The mascarpone filling is just luscious sounding. You’re right, so much nostalgia in this flavor combo!


44 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers March 4, 2013

I just had to come over here and tell you how much I love these cookies. Like you, I cannot resist chocolate mint ice cream. It also goes back from childhood that I cannot shake off. One question. I don’t have peppermint extract but I have some fresh mint leaves. How can I replace the leaves with the extract?


45 Tutti Dolci March 4, 2013

Hi Rowena, I’d take some of your fresh mint leaves and finally chop them to release the oils, then beat them in with the butter and Mascarpone. Let me know if you try it!


46 ashley - baker by nature March 6, 2013

These cookies are just so perfect! Not only are they awesome in the flavor department, but they’re CUTE, too! Love.


47 Norma December 18, 2014

Hi there – just started rolling these out and noticed I’m nowhere near 48 cookies – for 24 sandwiches. Is the yield accurate or have I mixed something up? Thanks!


48 Tutti Dolci December 18, 2014

Hi Norma, what size cutter are you using? Mine was 2 inches. I rolled the dough to 1/8-inch thickness and re-rolled the scraps. The yield will vary based on the size cutter and thickness of the dough. Hope that helps!


49 Norma December 19, 2014

Wow – quick reply, thank you! I spoke too soon :) just got overwhelmed after my first cut! I think my star was about .5″ wider, so I made them a bit thinner and came to 47!
Super scrumptious outcome, thanks for an awesome new recipe!


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